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castration complex

noun, Psychoanalysis.
an unconscious fear of losing the genital organs, especially as punishment for oedipal feelings.
Origin of castration complex
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for castration complex

castration complex

(psychoanal) an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent
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castration complex in Medicine

castration complex n.

  1. In psychoanalytic theory, a child's fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal feelings.

  2. An unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.

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